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Sky Blue Ziegler Mahal Made a Strong Impression at Sotheby's!

Number 3 for Most Expensive Carpets 2008      


Sotheby’s New York Carpets, 25 November 2008

Ziegler Mahal Carpet, Lot 367, Sale 8503LOT 367

Estimate: 20,000—30,000 USD

Lot Sold.  Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: 

$ 170,500 USD

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Size: approximately 24ft. by 17ft. 4in. (7.31 by 5.28m.)

Mary Jo Otsea, Head of the Carpets Department at Sotheby’s, said, “Lot 367, the Ziegler Mahal Carpet, Central Asia, which brought $170,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $20,000 – 30,000, is a generously sized carpet with a large scale overall design in a soft color palette that is highly sought after for furnishing today and the condition issues such as holes and moth damage can be successfully repaired.  It was also a carpet that was very reasonably estimated and fresh to the market.”

Measuring rougly 416 square feet, the realized value per square foot: ~ $409.86.


Antique Mahal Abrash in Field, Chocolate and Pale top colors

Worn areas/future repairs to Mahal



Above:  Sky blue field of Ziegler Mahal Lot 367.  The field of this carpet is a good example of how abrash can work very well within a weaving.  Slightly stronger colors toward the top, however, overall a fairly well distributed balance.  We saw this rug in person at the Sotheby's gallery viewing on November 21, 22 and 23rd.  The border was a healthy terracotta, with top field colors of bronze/chocolate and pale earth tones. 



Right: Areas of wear and damage.  Certainly a more unique Mahal in regards to color combination: high potential in regards to decorative value.  Proper restoration with antique yarn will most likely be in the future plans for this carpet.

Antique Sky Blue Mahal


More Details on this Ziegler Mahal From Sotheby's


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